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Jim Palmer Pay And Benefits

How much will I be making once I'm running solo in my own truck?

Company Drivers are paid at top scale of $.40/mile solo or $.44/mile team.

When will I receive pay increases?

Pay increases are based on verifiable miles and driving history. Drivers are paid at top scale upon successful completion of the training program (3-4 months on average).

Do you offer a Fuel Bonus?

JPT offers a fuel incentive that allows drivers to earn up to an additional $.05/mile

Jim Palmer Pay And Benefits

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What health insurance and benefits do you have?

Jim Palmer offers health insurance with all major standard benefits and options including life insurance and 401k retirement plans, vacation time, and optional per diem plan.

What is the average cost of benefits?

Benefits can vary from $11/ month and up depending on the package and premiums selected.

How long until you qualify for benefits?

Benefits will go into effect within 30-60 days of becoming a Jim Palmer employee

Jim Palmer Pay & Benefits

What About Vacation Time?
  • 1 week after 1 year + $500
  • 2 weeks after 3 years + $1000
  • 3 weeks after 5 years +1500
TruckingTruth's View On Jim Palmer pay and benefits

Jim Palmer's starting solo pay is on the higher side compared to others, and they offer very generous fuel bonuses and vacation plans.

Jim Palmer Dispatch Policies

Jim Palmer trucks in the mountains
Can a new driver run regional or dedicated right after school?

Dedicated runs are reserved for proven drivers that have earned them with consistent safety and reliable service. Company drivers typically run specific lanes that have been determined to be profitable by the company.

Will there be any NYC?

No, Jim Palmer Trucking doesn’t operate in New-England except to get drivers who live there, home.

Jim Palmer Dispatch Policies

Are you forced dispatch? Is the driver given any options for different loads?

Their policy is to not force dispatch. Company drivers have the option to refuse freight based on safety and service conflicts.

How often can I expect to be home? For how long at a time?

Company driver home-time is earned at the rate of 24hrs (1 day) at home for every 168hrs (7 days) on the road.

What percentage of freight is drop and hook?

Jim Palmer Trucking hauls primarily refrigerated freight as such, Drop & Hook freight is ~15-20% of the loads.

Jim Palmer Company Policies

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Do you allow pets?

Jim Palmer has a flexible pet policy with no pet-deposit. As a general rule they have a “three-heartbeat” policy. 1-2 pets are fine, additional pets need to be approved on a case by case basis. Students are not allowed pets for the duration of the training program and must complete a 60 day solo probationary period before they are allowed to have a pet on board.

What is the company's rider policy?

Each rider must be approved to ensure they are covered by insurance; students are not allowed to have riders until they have passed a 60 day solo probationary period.

Jim Palmer Driver Opportunities

Do you have a leasing program, and will I be persuaded or incentivized to lease?

Yes, Jim Palmer Trucking has a lease program. There is a pay incentive for lease operators for taking on additional risk.

What divisions do you have? (local, dedicated, regional, tanker, flatbed, reefer)
  • OTR, Local, Dedicated and Regional.
  • Jim Palmer Trucking, West of Ohio, Reefer
  • Wil-Trans Trucking, East Coast & Midwest, Reefer
  • O&S Trucking, 48 contiguous, Reefer & Local (Springfield, MO)
TruckingTruth's View On Jim Palmer's Opportunities

What sets Jim Palmer apart with the opportunities that they offer is that because of the 3 different divisions they operate, they can get a new driver into a regional or dedicated position rather quickly, compared to other companies, and will work with drivers to fit their preference.

Jim Palmer Trucking is approved through the United States Department of Labor as a registered sponsor for the Military Apprenticeship Program. Jim Palmer Trucking's fifteen month on-the-job learning apprenticeship is designed to help military veterans transition from military life to civilian life successfully into a new career.

You may use your Post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits to get your CDL, and as a qualifying Veteran, you can earn up to $1,104.75 monthly, tax free, in addition to your professional driver wages, while participating in Jim Palmer Trucking OJL (on-the-job learning) apprenticeship training program.

Jim Palmer Equipment

Jim Palmer trucking equipment
What kind of trucks do you have?

Late Model Freightliner Cascadia’s & Peterbilt 579’s

Do you run electronic logs?

Yes, e-logs are required for every JPT driver

What are your trucks governed at?

62 MPH

Do you have APU units?

All trucks come with APU units

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